Shopping centre bans breast unit

Echo: Outraged – Susan McClughen outside the Knightswick Centre Outraged – Susan McClughen outside the Knightswick Centre

SCROOGE shopping centre bosses refused to support a breast cancer screening service as it would mean taking up car parking space during the run-up to Christmas.

The life-saving mobile screening service, run by Southend Hospital, usually operates from the Knightswick Shopping Centre car park, off Foksville Road, Canvey, offering scores of women the chance to undergo a routine mammogram for their peace of mind.

Now residents on the island will have to travel to Morrisons supermarket, in Grays High Street, for their nearest mobile unit as the hospital is no longer permitted to park the trailer in the shopping centre car park.

A spokeswoman from the hospital said: “I can confirm we no longer provide the mobile breast screening service from the Knightswick Centre. However ,we are in negotiation with other sites on Canvey and hope to have a new location secured and operational by mid-January.”

Susan McClughen, 65, of Meadow View Walk, Canvey, was stunned when she was told she would have to drive 20 miles away to get tested.

She said: “It is absolutely outrageous.

I’ve always been tested at the Knightswick Centre, but this time when I got the letter through it said Morrisons in Grays. I don’t even know where that is.

“I thought they must be mistaken and meant the Morrisons on Canvey, but when I rang up the woman said that was now my nearest service as the Knightswick had refused to let them park there because the van took up too many parking bays.

“It’s absolutely disgusting.

I’ve lived here for 40 years and the shopping centre is happy to take my money, but not to provide this life-saving service.

“People are not going to be bothered to go that far, not to mention many vulnerable or older people maybe cannot drive to get there. This service is so important. We’re not talking about a chiropodist here, this is cancer.”

The hospital runs three mobile units which move around south Essex. Around 28,000 people in the south of the county who are aged between 50 and 70 are invited for routine mammograms at these mobile units every three years.

From next year this will be increased to encompass those aged from 47 to 73 to help increase survival rates.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Pension Fund, which owns the Knightswick Shopping Centre, said: “This is an annual request which has always been fully supported.

“However, this is the first time they have asked to locate the clinic in the car park during the very busy Christmas period and – as the car park is already compromised for space at such peak times – we have been in close discussion with the screening service with regards to holding it at an alternative time and look forward to its presence here in
the new year instead.”

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8:34am Thu 26 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day
They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 19

9:34am Thu 26 Dec 13

upset says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day
Hope you never need their services!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day[/p][/quote]Hope you never need their services!!!!!! upset
  • Score: -19

9:37am Thu 26 Dec 13

Nebs says...

The headline 'Shopping centre bans breast unit' is at variance with the final paragraph which says the centre will welcome them in the new year.
The headline 'Shopping centre bans breast unit' is at variance with the final paragraph which says the centre will welcome them in the new year. Nebs
  • Score: 31

9:46am Thu 26 Dec 13

essexlad1 says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day
The shopping center can't hold it there for that particular week in a restricted car park. That's understandable. There must be 2 or 3 weeks in the year that this is not possible due to heavy trade. I don't understand the issue. Find a larger or non retail car park for the week.
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day[/p][/quote]The shopping center can't hold it there for that particular week in a restricted car park. That's understandable. There must be 2 or 3 weeks in the year that this is not possible due to heavy trade. I don't understand the issue. Find a larger or non retail car park for the week. essexlad1
  • Score: 26

9:59am Thu 26 Dec 13

Bettycraven says...

Why couldn't they put it into a school car park? They are all closed for the christmas season?
Why couldn't they put it into a school car park? They are all closed for the christmas season? Bettycraven
  • Score: 40

10:04am Thu 26 Dec 13

essexlad1 says...

Poor planning on the breast cancer unit expecting to get into a small car park for that busy week. Sounds like a little planning is needed next year.
Poor planning on the breast cancer unit expecting to get into a small car park for that busy week. Sounds like a little planning is needed next year. essexlad1
  • Score: 22

10:21am Thu 26 Dec 13

serial thief says...

I believe there is one nearer then Grays for the fine residents of Canvey. There is one in Corringham. Well there used to be. Don't know if it's still there.
I believe there is one nearer then Grays for the fine residents of Canvey. There is one in Corringham. Well there used to be. Don't know if it's still there. serial thief
  • Score: 4

10:40am Thu 26 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Outrageous.

Mammon before mammograms. Typical attitude. Greed before need. Wealth before health.

A boycott of the centre would be justice for such crass greed driven behaviour.
Outrageous. Mammon before mammograms. Typical attitude. Greed before need. Wealth before health. A boycott of the centre would be justice for such crass greed driven behaviour. Howard Cháse
  • Score: -26

10:49am Thu 26 Dec 13

EssexPerson says...

Mountain out of a mole hill phrase comes to mind. Understandable that the Xmas period it will be difficult. As mentioned, could have used the school car park, or another sites on the island if better planning had been made.
But bit disgusted by Susan McClughen by suggesting that people aren't going to travel a mere 20 miles for potentially lifesaving service so I assume that means she would rather risk her health and moan than get checked.
At least the service is available to women, I don't see any prostate cancer trucks for men despite having very similar rates of occurrence and survival.
Be grateful for what you have.
Mountain out of a mole hill phrase comes to mind. Understandable that the Xmas period it will be difficult. As mentioned, could have used the school car park, or another sites on the island if better planning had been made. But bit disgusted by Susan McClughen by suggesting that people aren't going to travel a mere 20 miles for potentially lifesaving service so I assume that means she would rather risk her health and moan than get checked. At least the service is available to women, I don't see any prostate cancer trucks for men despite having very similar rates of occurrence and survival. Be grateful for what you have. EssexPerson
  • Score: 21

10:54am Thu 26 Dec 13

Rachie says...

Irresponsible and misleading headline! It clearly says at the bottom of the article

' we have been in close discussion with the screening service with regards to holding it at an alternative time and look forward to its presence here in
the new year instead.”

So not banned, just asked to compromise for a few weeks.
Irresponsible and misleading headline! It clearly says at the bottom of the article ' we have been in close discussion with the screening service with regards to holding it at an alternative time and look forward to its presence here in the new year instead.” So not banned, just asked to compromise for a few weeks. Rachie
  • Score: 26

11:08am Thu 26 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

the good residents of foksville.
the good residents of foksville. profondo asbo
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Thu 26 Dec 13

rquade says...

What about The Paddocks? Is that still Council run? Surely they could give a space or two in their car park, on their land? A couple of minutes walk away is better than travelling to Grays surely?!
What about The Paddocks? Is that still Council run? Surely they could give a space or two in their car park, on their land? A couple of minutes walk away is better than travelling to Grays surely?! rquade
  • Score: 15

1:23pm Thu 26 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

upset wrote:
CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day
Hope you never need their services!!!!!!
I have but one day did not make any difference
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day[/p][/quote]Hope you never need their services!!!!!![/p][/quote]I have but one day did not make any difference CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 11

1:59pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Thomo100 says...

Little confused...
We want to support 'local' shops but now we call the 'Scrooge' within the headline of a non story.
Well done Echo - great attempt to ruin these great businesses who serve the local community.
Little confused... We want to support 'local' shops but now we call the 'Scrooge' within the headline of a non story. Well done Echo - great attempt to ruin these great businesses who serve the local community. Thomo100
  • Score: 19

3:20pm Thu 26 Dec 13

upset says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
upset wrote:
CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day
Hope you never need their services!!!!!!
I have but one day did not make any difference
It's not just one day, it would be good in the busy time to have unit there to encourage others to use it.
I hope your outcome was good, mine was no so, but could have been worse.
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day[/p][/quote]Hope you never need their services!!!!!![/p][/quote]I have but one day did not make any difference[/p][/quote]It's not just one day, it would be good in the busy time to have unit there to encourage others to use it. I hope your outcome was good, mine was no so, but could have been worse. upset
  • Score: -7

4:08pm Thu 26 Dec 13

runwellian says...

Why Christmas week?
Supermarkets are excellent at supporting all kinds of services but expecting valuable car park to be given up, when this service could have very easily arranged the service outside of the peak periods!
They expect to use the space without cost, so please lets have a little understanding and better planning of behalf of this unit.
Why Christmas week? Supermarkets are excellent at supporting all kinds of services but expecting valuable car park to be given up, when this service could have very easily arranged the service outside of the peak periods! They expect to use the space without cost, so please lets have a little understanding and better planning of behalf of this unit. runwellian
  • Score: 12

5:45pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Devils Advocate says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day
Can you promise that? Do you actually know how their planning system works? Or are you just sticking up for the money people as usual? The right wing stupidity is beginning to get boring, or is it just the policy of mass destraction at work?
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day[/p][/quote]Can you promise that? Do you actually know how their planning system works? Or are you just sticking up for the money people as usual? The right wing stupidity is beginning to get boring, or is it just the policy of mass destraction at work? Devils Advocate
  • Score: -10

6:24pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Rachie says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day
Can you promise that? Do you actually know how their planning system works? Or are you just sticking up for the money people as usual? The right wing stupidity is beginning to get boring, or is it just the policy of mass destraction at work?
The 'money people' pay the wages. The wages are needed by the masses.

To make it impossible for people to park during the busiest time of the retail year is nonsensical.

I'm pretty certain that this: 'we have been in close discussion with the screening service with regards to holding it at an alternative time and look forward to its presence here in the new year instead.” is quite indicative that it can be changed.
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: They do a great job but could easily have programmed the unit on another day[/p][/quote]Can you promise that? Do you actually know how their planning system works? Or are you just sticking up for the money people as usual? The right wing stupidity is beginning to get boring, or is it just the policy of mass destraction at work?[/p][/quote]The 'money people' pay the wages. The wages are needed by the masses. To make it impossible for people to park during the busiest time of the retail year is nonsensical. I'm pretty certain that this: 'we have been in close discussion with the screening service with regards to holding it at an alternative time and look forward to its presence here in the new year instead.” is quite indicative that it can be changed. Rachie
  • Score: 7

5:01pm Fri 27 Dec 13

runwellian says...

Susan McClughen … you miserable moo!

they did not ban you, they simply asked you to choose a more convenient date!

Get your facts right before you criticise the generosity of a supermarket prepared to give you space without cost!

I hope in future they make a charge fro the space you once had for free or ban you completely!
Susan McClughen … you miserable moo! they did not ban you, they simply asked you to choose a more convenient date! Get your facts right before you criticise the generosity of a supermarket prepared to give you space without cost! I hope in future they make a charge fro the space you once had for free or ban you completely! runwellian
  • Score: 6

5:55pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Why not, it's hardly Blue water, just look at that sign, misspelt canvey crap
Why not, it's hardly Blue water, just look at that sign, misspelt canvey crap Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Letmetryagain says...

Thomo100 wrote:
Little confused...
We want to support 'local' shops but now we call the 'Scrooge' within the headline of a non story.
Well done Echo - great attempt to ruin these great businesses who serve the local community.
Agreed, a non-story. A headline to get people going, that's all.
[quote][p][bold]Thomo100[/bold] wrote: Little confused... We want to support 'local' shops but now we call the 'Scrooge' within the headline of a non story. Well done Echo - great attempt to ruin these great businesses who serve the local community.[/p][/quote]Agreed, a non-story. A headline to get people going, that's all. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Sun 29 Dec 13

essex bad boy says...

I’ve lived here for 40 years and the shopping centre is happy to take my money, but not to provide this life-saving service.

Rightly so it is a SHOPPING CENTER not a surgery Why not use the Kings caravan car park then still local or the one on the seafront?
I’ve lived here for 40 years and the shopping centre is happy to take my money, but not to provide this life-saving service. Rightly so it is a SHOPPING CENTER not a surgery Why not use the Kings caravan car park then still local or the one on the seafront? essex bad boy
  • Score: 3

6:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

A busy place like that is just the parking place needed to encourage more to have the screening . Thus saving money in the long run.
A busy place like that is just the parking place needed to encourage more to have the screening . Thus saving money in the long run. jolllyboy
  • Score: -1

7:37pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

At the end of the day, all said and done, you want shopping, go to a shopping centre, your want your titties scanned, go to hospital.
At the end of the day, all said and done, you want shopping, go to a shopping centre, your want your titties scanned, go to hospital. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 3

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